Love Child (2014 film)

Love Child is a 2014 South Korean-American documentary film directed by Valerie Veatch.[1][2] Veatch produced the film with David Foox. The film premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 17, 2014.[3][4]

Love Child
Promotional poster
Directed byValerie Veatch
Written byValerie Veatch
Produced byDavid Foox
Valerie Veatch
Dong Hyun Danny Kim
Minji Kim
Daniel Levin
CinematographyDaniel Levin
Edited byValerie Veatch
Christopher Donlon
Release date
Running time
75 minutes
CountriesSouth Korea
United States

The film was theatrically released by HBO on June 18, 2014.[5]



The film narrates the story of a South Korean couple, who were immersed in an online game called Prius Online,[6] while their baby named Sarang died of malnutrition.



Love Child received mixed to positive reviews upon its premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Christie Ko in his review for ScreenCrave gave the film 6/10 and said that "This documentary is not an exhaustive look at the addiction to gaming, but does a good job of explaining this incident of the couple and their baby in South Korea. It is thorough in its treatment of their story. But it scratched the surface of broader implications that left me with many questions."[7] While, Daniel Fienberg of HitFix said in his review that Love Child never attempts to cheapen the tragedy of Sarang's death, but like "Web Junkie," it wants to lay out a pattern of behavior that might seem a little extreme, but also won't feel that outlandish to anybody who counts the Internet among the spaces in which they feel most social."[8]


  1. ^ "Sundance 2014: HBO documentary 'Love Child' explores the dark side of online gaming -- POSTER EXCLUSIVE". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  2. ^ Kwaak, Jeyup S. "'Love Child' Examines Death Linked to Game Addiction". WSJ. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sundance 2014: World Cinema Documentary Competition". 10 January 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "Sundance '14: Doc trailer round-up". Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  5. ^ "Theatrical Release Dates". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  6. ^ Elder, Sean (2014-07-27). "A KOREAN COUPLE LET A BABY DIE WHILE THEY PLAYED A VIDEO GAME". Newsweek. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  7. ^ "Sundance 2014: Love Child - Movie Review". Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  8. ^ "Review: 'Love Child' looks at online addiction in South Korea". Retrieved April 14, 2014.